Hellen Hull Jacobs (1908-1997) Collection
Manuscript Collection 224
1.6 cubic ft. (4 volumes)
Scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings, programs and ephemera relating
to the Women Appointed for Volunteer Emergency Services (WAVES) training
at the U.S. Naval Training Station, Bronx, N.Y., located on the campus
of Hunter College.
Processed by F. Berenice Baez-Revueltas, September 2005.
Online finding aid by Kristen J. Nyitray, October 2006.
Helen Hull Jacobs was the national junior tennis champion in
1924–25. She was first defeated by Helen Wills, who would prove
to be her longtime rival, in the 1928 finals at Forest Hills, N.Y. Though
Wills was virtually always victorious, Jacobs was a popular favourite.
Her only victory over Wills came by default. Though often in Wills's shadow,
Jacobs won four U.S. Open singles (1932–35), three doubles (1932
and 1934–35), and mixed doubles (1934) championships. She was ranked
in the world's top 10 from 1928 to 1940. In 1933 she became the first
woman to break with tradition by wearing man-tailored shorts at Wimbledon.
Her autobiography, Beyond the Game, was published in 1936.
Source: Encyclopedia Britannica.
Scrapbook 1943, v.1
Scrapbook 1943-1944, v.2
Scrapbook 1944, v.3
Scrapbook 1944-1945, v.4